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I am currently working up an article on the imagery of the “keys of the kingdom of heaven” in Matthew 16:18. As part of the article I’m discussing the Davidic Christology of Matthew. I’m trying to be as thorough as possible. I’m going to post the first five illustrations here and then follow-up with five more.
- “The Son of David” (Matt 1:1). Matthew begins his Gospel by connecting Jesus’ role as… [Continue Reading]
The Catholic Mass draws heavily from Scripture—in every prayer you hear quotations and allusions to biblical texts. In fact, last year I did a series of presentations now available through Saint Joseph Communications here (shameless plug!) exploring the biblical backdrop for the prayers of the Mass.
Now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has put out a footnoted version of the prayers… [Continue Reading]
Today is the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas! In honor of that, I thought I’d cover some ground I’ve been over before, namely, Thomas’ role as a model of Catholic theology and his primary focus on Scripture. Perhaps most striking—at least to some—is Thomas’ insistence on the priority of the literal-historical sense of Scripture.
In short, for Thomas Theology is a Scriptural enterprise. Since he’s… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 12.07.10 |
During this Advent/Christmas season we will turn again and again to introductory chapters of Matthew and Luke. Here I’d like to look at one passage in particular.
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 19 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 12.06.10 |
“I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible” (Letter to the Romans 7:3 [A.D. 110]).
“Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 10.21.10 |
The French Dominican scholar, Giles Emery, hits on a point I’ve been making a lot lately in his great work The Trinity in Aquinas (2004), namely, that Thomas Aquinas’ theological method was highly—to a remarkable degree—biblical, focused in particular on the literal historical sense. This is especially evident in his Summa Contra Gentiles (not to be confused with the “other” Summa!). Check this out.… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 10.20.10 |
Scholars and anyone with an Internet connection will be able to take a new look into the Biblical past through an online archive of high-resolution images of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls.
Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the custodian of the scrolls that shed light on the life of Jews and early Christians at the time of Jesus, said on Tuesday it was collaborating with Google’s… [Continue Reading]
“You’re Dead to Me”
Jesus begins by telling the story of a man who had two sons. The parable begins with the younger brother going to the father and asking for his inheritance.
Of course, an inheritance is usually bestowed upon offspring after the death of the one bequeathing it. Essentially, then, by demanding his inheritance while his father is still alive the younger brother basically says, “Dad,… [Continue Reading]